TheStreet Ratings' stock model projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Our Buy, Hold or Sell ratings designate how we expect these stocks to perform against a general benchmark of the equities market and interest rates.

While plenty of high-yield opportunities exist, investors must always consider the safety of their dividend and the total return potential of their investment. It is not uncommon for a struggling company to suspend high-yielding dividends which could subsequently result in precipitous share price declines.

TheStreet Ratings' stock rating model views dividends favorably, but not so much that other factors are disregarded. Our model gauges the relationship between risk and reward in several ways, including: the pricing drawdown as compared to potential profit volatility, i.e. how much one is willing to risk in order to earn profits?; the level of acceptable volatility for highly performing stocks; the current valuation as compared to projected earnings growth; and the financial strength of the underlying company as compared to its stock's valuation as compared to its stock's performance.

These and many more derived observations are then combined, ranked, weighted, and scenario-tested to create a more complete analysis. The result is a systematic and disciplined method of selecting stocks. As always, stock ratings should not be treated as gospel — rather, use them as a starting point for your own research.

The following pages contain our analysis of 3 stocks with substantial yields, that ultimately, we have rated "Buy."

General Motors

Dividend Yield: 5.40%

General Motors

(NYSE:

GM

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.40%.

General Motors Company designs, builds, and sells cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. The company operates through GM North America, GM Europe, GM International Operations, GM South America, and GM Financial segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.73.

The average volume for General Motors has been 11,679,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. General Motors has a market cap of $43.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are down 19.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

General Motors

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Automobiles industry. The net income increased by 106.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $945.00 million to $1,953.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Automobiles industry and the overall market, GENERAL MOTORS CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • GENERAL MOTORS CO reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GENERAL MOTORS CO increased its bottom line by earning $5.99 versus $1.64 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 5.0% in earnings ($5.69 versus $5.99).

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EPR Properties

Dividend Yield: 5.00%

EPR Properties

(NYSE:

EPR

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.00%.

EPR Properties is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of United States and Canada. The firm develops, owns, leases and finances properties in select market segments primarily related to entertainment, education and recreation. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.21.

The average volume for EPR Properties has been 469,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. EPR Properties has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 31% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

EPR Properties

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • EPR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 12.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 32.45% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, EPR should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • EPR PROPERTIES has improved earnings per share by 20.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, EPR PROPERTIES increased its bottom line by earning $2.93 versus $2.78 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.03 versus $2.93).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 26.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $42.82 million to $54.18 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $69.08 million or 20.09% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, EPR PROPERTIES has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 11.45%.

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Agree Realty

Dividend Yield: 4.20%

Agree Realty

(NYSE:

ADC

) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.20%.

Agree Realty Corporation, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, development, acquisition, and management of retail properties, which are primarily leased to national and regional retail companies in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.17.

The average volume for Agree Realty has been 202,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Agree Realty has a market cap of $944.9 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 37.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Agree Realty

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 12.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 28.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, ADC's share price has jumped by 49.61%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, ADC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 17.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $6.37 million to $7.46 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 83.59% to $16.54 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AGREE REALTY CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 11.45%.
  • The gross profit margin for AGREE REALTY CORP is rather high; currently it is at 65.66%. Regardless of ADC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ADC's net profit margin of 36.89% compares favorably to the industry average.

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